Alumni Testimonials

Stephiney Xie

Master of Arts in Diplomacy
, Class of 2014
The Master of Arts in Diplomacy program has helped me see the world through a very unique and critical lens, both personally and professionally. It allowed me to analyze current events and encouraged me to dig deeper on foreign affairs, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution.
Stephiney Xie, Class of 2014
Master of Arts in Diplomacy

Q: “Tell us a bit about yourself, Stephiney.”
A: “I live in Monterey, California and have been an active duty officer in the Army for five years. I am originally from Long Island, New York. I enjoy scuba diving, hiking, cross fit and running. I have a labradoodle named Kai.”

Q: “What is your current employer and briefly describe your professional life.”
A: “I am currently the associate dean for the Defense Language Asian One School that encompasses the Thai, Tagalog, Chinese and Japanese languages.”

Q: “What was your motivation for pursuing your degree?”
A: “I pursued the Master of Arts in Diplomacy for academic stimulation and also personal development. I wanted to diversify myself as an individual and as a professional. The degree was a topic of interest for me that I hope to turn into a passion.”

Q: “Why did you choose Norwich and how did you learn about it?”
A: “I learned about Norwich by searching online. Later I learned that a girl I knew went to Norwich for her undergrad degree and her MBA.”

Q: “What makes Norwich unique?”
A: “What makes Norwich unique is its affiliation with the military. The program’s flexibility in completing the program is a very attractive aspect for those students on active duty. Small class sizes and the caliber of the students in the program made this brick-and-mortar-university online program particularly worthwhile. The university was one of the only two programs with brick and mortar schools that I had researched. I also appreciated the options available (i.e., thesis and comprehensive exam).”

Q: “Please describe any memorable experiences you may have had with faculty members or your peers.”
A: “During the program, I moved to Hawaii, New York, Afghanistan, Virginia and California. Dan Alcorn, my student services advisor, was my consistent point of contact who helped me work through my concerns and issues. He was amazing, and he and his colleagues even sent me scans of the books while I was waiting for them to arrive.”

Q: “How have you grown personally or professionally as a result of your education?”
A: “The program has helped me see the world through a very unique and critical lens, both personally and professionally. It allowed me to analyze current events and encouraged me to dig deeper on foreign affairs, cross-cultural communication, and conflict resolution.”

Q: “Please tell us about any examples where you were able to put your knowledge to work immediately at your job.”
A: “I’m using what I learned on a daily basis. Army officers are always diplomats, wherever you are, dealing with the Native Islanders in Hawaii, Afghans in Afghanistan, or international staff in the defense national institutes.”

Q: “What aspects of your Norwich experience will you carry most strongly with you?”
A: “Writing and communication skills and critical analysis skills are most important to me. Being able to solve problems using a lens other than the one you are comfortable with is also extremely valuable.”

Q: “Anything else you would like to share about your Norwich experience?”
A: “The network you build during the program and the Norwich community will surely be helpful in any future endeavors.”